Confederate Statues – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, Fictive Dream, Litro, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, Short Fiction, and other magazines. This essay was previously published in Tuck Magazine. Confederate Statues Charlottesville is a…

POETRY – Sam Arrowsmith

Image: Elijah Hiett on Unsplash Sam Arrowsmith is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham. His academic background includes a biochemistry bachelors and a biotechnology masters. Outside of science, he is an aspiring comedian, writer and artist.   Princess on a plastic throne From the simple shapes of flat arid plains and stone box houses, she ascended…

TWO POEMS – Camille Castro

Image: Hannah Höch – Bouquet of Eyes, 1930 Camille Castro, 18, is a young poet from the island of Guam. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sprout Magazine, tenderness, yea, and Minute Magazine. Aside from poetry, her interests include K-Pop, watching fashion vloggers on YouTube, and eating dim sum. Certainty Makers — They do not sing….

TWO POEMS – Nora Selmani

Image: elin o’Hara slavick – Tiny Bottle, 2008 Nora Selmani is an academic marketing assistant, co-editor of Porridge Magazine and part-time witch interested in gender and diaspora. Her work has appeared in Dead King Magazine, FEMRAT, Peach Mag, O GOCE, and OCCULUM. She tweets @arbnoraselmani. These poems were written about her grandfather, who recently passed away, and offer brief sketches…

Fresh II: David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez is from Spain and considers himself a lover of photography. He loves surreal photography and fashion photography. His main influences are Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld and above all Guy Bourdin. At the moment he is working on a series of photographs where he wants to pay homage to his photographic idols. His work has…

THREE POEMS – Austin Beaton

Image: Salvador Dali – Barcelona Sphinx, 1939 Austin Beaton studied Spanish and Creative Writing at the University of Oregon, where he was a finalist for the Walter and Nancy Kidd Memorial Writing Competition in Poetry. His work is set to appear in Peach Mag & (b)oink. He lives near the ocean in San Luis Obispo,…

The Church on the Hill – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. The Church on the Hill A bell tolls the hours. It carries…

Women’s Rights in Kosovo – Iliriana Fteja

Iliriana Fteja is an aspiring writer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from DePaul University, with a passion for International Law and Human Rights. Currently taking a gap year and working for USA Today – Gannett, you can follow her on twitter to keep up with her opinions and political views. Featured image: ‘Thinking of You’, a 2015 exhibition…

The use of machines in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ – Dong Liu

Dong Liu is a postgraduate in British and American Literature from Beihang  University in Beijing. She is interested in fiction, psychology and cross-cultural communication. The use of machines in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ In Death of a Salesman, the most successful of Arthur Miller’s plays, Miller insightfully foresees the negative effects that the technological…

SHORT STORY – Isabelle Weller

Isabelle Weller is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she studied BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She is now about to start a special needs teacher-training course / placement year. She is a keen reader. She wouldn’t say she has a favourite author, or book, but Franz Kafka’s writing never fails…

What Jesus Wrote – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. What Jesus Wrote A passage in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8: 3-11,…

How is power imagined in relation to digital media? – Zoe Head

Zoe Head is a recent Drama and English Literature graduate from University of Birmingham. She is interested in future technologies and their ethical, philosophical and social implications and is an adamant fan of dystopian fiction.   How is power imagined in relation to digital media? At the beginning of her documentary, Citizenfour, Laura Poitras reads…

Exploring how relationships are established across geographic and temporal boundaries through the utilisation of technology – Jess Ennis

Jess Ennis is a graduate from the University of Birimingham, film and culture writer for tmrw magazine, and marketing assistant who is interested in film, journalism and photography.  Exploring how relationships are established across geographic and temporal boundaries through the utilisation of technology In geographical research, the idea of the shrinking world has been a topic of…

POETRY – Sadia Pineda Hameed

Image: Helen Frankenthaler – Around the Clock with Red, 1983 Sadia Pineda Hameed is a third year English Literature student at Cardiff University whose interests include Deconstructionism, post-modern poetry, and exploring subjectivity through film and literature. She also edits Lumin.

The Americanisation of The Office – Jason Garske

Jason Garske aka Jay the Echo is a Hip Hop artist and producer from the Bay Area, California. He is interested in the utilization of music and other media as a vessel for social change. Visit his website to see his work.  The Americanisation of The Office Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant,…

NON-FICTION: Long twin silver line – Amber Tran

Amber D. Tran graduated from West Virginia University in 2012, where she specialized in lyrical non-fiction and contemporary poetry. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Cold Creek Review literary journal. Her work has been featured in Calliope, Sonic Boom Journal, Spry Literary Journal, Cheat River Review, and more. She has work forthcoming in The Stray…

London Light Leaks – Joseph Birdsey

Joseph Birdsey is an amateur writer and photographer, living in South East London. He tweets as @flaregun. A directory of this work can be found at http://www.flaregun.work  London Light Leaks These photos were accidental. By which I mean the light leaks that give the (otherwise fairly dull) compositions their appeal are accidental, and were the result…

POETRY – Beau Beakhouse

Beau Beakhouse lives in Cardiff. He is a student at Cardiff University, but has never got on with schools or academic institutions and considers dropping out to start his own creative space. He is particularly interested in metaphysics, spirituality, mystery and art, and has been published in Tŷ Celf and Quench magazine. Willow like Wisteria

An exploration of the objectification of the female body in performance and its presentation in relation to existing social structures – Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson is a final year Drama and Theatre Arts student at the University of Birmingham. She has frequently pondered the relationship between performance and performer, through essays and practice. Her interests include acting, directing and arguing about Shakespeare, all the while trying to politely smash the patriarchy. An exploration of the objectification of the…

ART – Marion Cromb

Marion Cromb is currently studying MSci Physics at the University of Birmingham. After sixth form, they completed an Art Foundation year at Central Saint Martin’s, and have always enjoyed both science and art. Their other interests include going to the cinema and the theatre. Their artwork can be found online and purchased at Threadless, Society6…

SHORT STORY: The End – Tom Gumbert

Tom Gumbert lives along the Ohio River with his wife Andrea, in an area that was once an active part of the Underground Railroad. Operations Manager by day, and all-round daydreamer, he has been writing for a decade. Concerned about the state of the world, he is becoming an activist. His short stories have appeared…

Derek Walcott, humour, and the postcolonial epic – Georgia Tindale

Georgia Tindale is currently studying for an MPhil in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, having completed her undergraduate degree in English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She also edits Porridge alongside Nora and Kitty.   Derek Walcott (23 January 1930- 17 March 2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright who received the Nobel Prize…

‘These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends’ – An Analysis of Humanity and Ideology in HBO’s Westworld – Amelia Nicholson

Amelia Nicholson is a Film and Television graduate learning the ropes of television production with a keen interest in the nature of storytelling. Featured image credit: HBO ‘These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends’ – An Analysis of Humanity and Ideology in HBO’s Westworld In 2016, HBO introduced the high quality, genre-bending Westworld to our screens….

POETRY – Jessica Syposz

Jessica Syposz is a final year English with Creative Writing student at the University of Birmingham. Her interests include graphic novels, the collapse of the USSR in fiction and the relationship between history and nostalgia. She can sometimes be found writing and performing poetry and short stories.   Ms. Doldrum & the Space Man Fitting…

REVIEW T2: Trainspotting – Nora Selmani

Nora Selmani is a bilingual babe, feminist killjoy, and Lit graduate based in London. Her principal interest is in gendered diasporic experiences, especially in poetry. She currently co-edits Porridge. REVIEW T2: Trainspotting Stirred into action by a near-death experience, a thoroughly beefed-up Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh from his failing life in Amsterdam…

Does medicine shape gender or do gender ideals shape medicine? – Rachel Snow

Rachel Snow is a medical student who spent her pre-clinical years at Cambridge University and studied Psychology with Sociology during her third year there. She is now studying hospital-based medicine at Imperial College in London. Rachel has a particular interest in considering gender and how society, with medicine as a subset of society, shapes and…

POETRY – Colin James

Colin James has a chapbook of poems, A THOROUGHNESS NOT DEPRIVED OF ABSURDITY, from Pski’s Porch Press. He is currently a student again after a long hiatus. n j Paean to Apathy We slept under the only boat we could find drank anemic wine stuffed with a cloth cork purchased at the restaurant’s back door, after…

ARTWORK – Gianna Curcio

Gianna R. Curcio is a freelance artist, fashion design major, and costume designer. She is inspired by artists Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Vincent van Gogh. Two of her favorite art movements are Surrealism and Impressionism. She reads in her spare time, enjoying  works ranging from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, to Lemony Snicket. She enjoys black and white photography…

POETRY – Ella Cunningham

Ella Cunningham is a final year English with Creative Writing undergraduate at the University of Birmingham with a love of both reading and writing poetry. She’s a big fan of indie folk music and is writing her poetry dissertation exploring song lyrics and translating songs into poems. She also loves traveling and is currently learning Spanish.  You Have…

Capitalism: A System of Perpetual Crisis – Scott Remer

Scott Remer is an MPhil student in Political Thought & Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. As an undergrad, he studied Ethics, Politics, & Economics at Yale University. His interests include political theory and contemporary politics, epistemology, metaphysics, psychology, literature, and Chinese philosophy. Occupy London St Pauls, London Sunday 16th October 2011 Capitalism: A…

‘Masterly builder of Mousetraps’: Immobility, identity and spatial fear in Hitchcock’s Psycho, Rear Window and North by Northwest – Alex Diggins

Alex Diggins is studying for an MPhil in American Literature. He is interested in presentations of landscape, space and identity in American culture and literature, as well as contemporary English landscape writing. He is currently researching for a thesis on the constructions of the Frontier in 19th Century texts, and the recent film and novel…

Frames – Jay The Echo (Music Video)

Jay the Echo is a Hip Hop artist and producer from the Bay Area, California. He is interested in the utilization of music and other media as a vessel for social change. For more material, visit jaytheecho.com.  Frames – Jay The Echo In Jay’s own words, Frames is about an artist’s epiphany about the feeling of freedom that comes…

‘Help me, Google!’ : How the internet makes the representation of Tokyo smaller – Marcus Hirst

Marcus Hirst is an architecture student from the University of Sheffield working in London. His interests lie in the international cultural differences in architecture. ‘Help me, Google!’ : How the internet makes the representation of Tokyo smaller “Google-sensei tasukete!” (“Help me, Google!”) is something I found myself exclaiming in the Asakusa district in central Tokyo…

POETRY – Nora Selmani

Nora Selmani is a bilingual babe, feminist killjoy, and recent Lit graduate based in London. Her principal interest is in gendered diasporic experiences, especially in poetry. She has had her work published in Dead King Magazine, FEMRAT, and currently co-edits Porridge Magazine. Dream III: Birds Young magpies fall into my lap translucent and still, curled…

Interdisciplinarity: A Brief Introduction – Dr Matt Hayler

Dr Matt Hayler is a lecturer in post-1945 Literature in the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. His research interests focus on e-reading, materially experimental writing, digital humanities, critical theory, technology, and embodiment. He can be found on twitter @cryurchin. Interdisciplinarity: A Brief Introduction Interdisciplinarity is a long word for a good thing….

A domain focused interpretation of the Doux-commerce thesis: is commerce universally beneficial or does it, as Marx argues, just lead to exploitation? – Sam Altmann

Sam Altmann is a former philosophy student, now an economics student at Oxford interested in the economics of healthcare. London Stock Exchange via flickr. A domain focused interpretation of the Doux-commerce thesis: is commerce universally beneficial or does it, as Marx argues, just lead to exploitation? Introduction The Doux-commerce thesis is the notion that commerce,…

Underwater Photography – Lily Rayson

Lily Rayson is an American and Canadian Studies student at the University of Birmingham. She born and bred in Birmingham and has always had a passion for art and the arts. She enjoys writing for herself, and for The Tab UK, where she has a platform to appeal to young women. She enjoys reading books that…

An interview with Lisa Tindale

The quaint fishing village of Staithes on the North East coast will host the 6th annual Art and Heritage Festival over September 9th and 10th. The village was once home to a group of 20 to 30 artists known as the Staithes Group of Artists and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat, starring Bernard Cribbins, was filmed there. Staithes will…